Feminism, Amirite?

Disclaimer: I am the raging Feminist your Conservative 11th grade U.S. History teacher probably warned you about as he reminisced a time when, “All men created equal,” meant exactly what Thomas Jefferson intended it to mean. 

Feminism definition (Because apparently people still need to have this defined): 

Belief in the social, political, and economic equality of the sexes.


"You’re a pretty good drummer for a girl."

"You’re a pretty good guitarist for a girl."

"We appreciate your time, but we think we’re gonna go with *insert name here* because he…fits our style better. Image matters, and we’re looking for all guys to be in our band at the moment."

"Are you buying those sticks for your boyfriend?"

"If you ever want to get with anyone in the ensemble, you should probably play French Horn. Trumpet is kind of a masculine instrument, don’t you think?"

These are all direct quotes that have been said to me at some point or another (some, unfortunately, not too long ago), and make me have that acid-reflux-vomit-in-the-back-of-my-throat feeling just thinking about them, and not just because some were said by men above that age of 35. Some may even say the first 2 were intended as compliments—-and that intention may be true, but if my gender has to become the center of the ring, that is absolutely not okay.

Feminism, as of late (And by that I mean since the 15th Century), has been a hot-bed topic in both mainstream and underground fields, and usually, upon mention, is coincided with an exasperated sigh from at least one other person involved in the conversation as to let you know their stance and high degree of irritation about the topic early on.. These same people will also probably throw out common retorts such as “But men and women are all equal now, it’s not even really an issue anymore,” or “I’m not a feminist I’m a HUMANIST” (As if to outsmart feminism—No disrespect to humanists), “Women don’t get paid the same because they don’t do the same jobs as men,” and even more popularly, the infamous “Not all men,” spiel that’s surfaced recently, to which I say: It may not be all men, but what are you doing about the ones that do act in that manner? To say the least, unfortunately, some of this mentality has worked its way into local scenes across the country and abroad as well. A big part of the controversy—aside from the misuse of the word feminism itself—is the use of “Female-fronted band” vs. “band” and “Female musician” as opposed to just “musician,” and the context in which it lies. 

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